Karolina Muchova’s decision to change her outfit during the match angered her opponent and confused the commentators during the match. US Open.
The world No. 10 faced Sorana Cirstea in the women’s singles quarter-final on Tuesday (September 5) as the Czech star got off to a fast start by winning the first set 6-0.
Despite Muchova’s momentum, she decided to leave the court and did not return for some time, much to the dismay of her Romanian opponent.
Cirstea’s confusion quickly turned to anger as she approached the chair umpire and said, “I’m the one waiting for her to serve.”
Muchova, 27, made a quick comeback and it was the decision to change her outfit that delayed her return to the field, as former player and commentator Jelena Dokic said it was a strange decision on her part .
“She changed her shirt and usually you don’t do that when you have momentum,” the Australian said in commentary for Channel 9. “Not only momentum, but she won 6-0.”
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Muchova’s use of “tactical” off-court breaks has been a topic of discussion in tennis as former player and present broadcaster Todd Woodbridge spoke out on the issue and said it was a “boring game.” of our game.”
“Why do you have to leave the court for so long?” » declared the great Australian on Channel 9.
“I tell you, I think our sport really needs to do something about these changes. It’s just such a crutch that everyone seems to lean on when they’re down, and it’s just not part of it. Game.
“Let’s let the game move on. It’s not great for us as broadcasters, and I think it’s really about the game and it needs to be eliminated. It’s such a boring part of our game.”
After her return, the 27-year-old continued her dominance, winning 6-0 6-3 as she booked a semi-final against local hero, Coco Gauff.
The 19-year-old will aim to reach her second career Grand Slam final in her home country, but will have to face a resilient Muchova for that honour.